Shawnee tribe, Monroe resume casino talks

The Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma and the city of Monroe are again discussing a potential deal that might bring a casino to Warren County, the Hamilton Journal-News reported Tuesday.

The West Seneca, Okla.-based tribe is now proposing a USD 300 million to USD 350 million casino complex for a 123-acre site in the city and Turtlecreek Township, according to the story.

Back in 2004, the tribe wanted to build the casino at the Corridor 75 business park, then considered an option on a site at Greentree and Union roads. In the meantime, voters rejected a ballot issue that would have allowed casino gambling in Ohio.

Another gambling issue is headed for the ballot this November, but it relates specifically to a proposed casino in Clinton County. If it passes, however, it might open the door for proponents to get voters’ approval for casinos elsewhere in the state.

The Shawnee tribe operates the Bordertown casino complex in Seneca, Mo.